Kids in the Kitchen – Carrot Cake

Are you ready for spring?
For me, Carrot Cake just screams Spring!  For a person that doesn’t really care for ‘sweets’ I make an exception for carrot cake.

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There is a reason I don’t make this cake more often, it isn’t hard to make but it is darned right dangerous.  There was once a time that I made this cake in a 10 x 13 Pyrex pan. My friend Misty stopped by to spend the day with me. Before the cake was frosted we decided to each have just a little piece, just a taste. Between the two of us, we systematically devoured the entire cake, one little sliver at a time.  Lesson learned, when making this cake make sure to have plenty of eaters around to help eat it!

This week I had my ‘eaters’ around.  Four of the grand-kids are on break from school and came to spend the day with me.    The kids are always eager to get into the kitchen but they get bored waiting for the cake to cool so I made the cake early in the morning so they could set straight to work frosting and decorating.  Piping bags full of frosting are irresistible.

The cake is frosted with Cream Cheese frosting.

For the carrots I made up a batch of Royal Icing.  Because Royal Icing dries hard the kids were able to make their carrots on parchment paper and once set, transfer them to the cake.  The kids were each armed with disposable piping bags filled with orange icing, all with different tips and the eldest, Sarah was in change of the bag of green icing with a ‘grass’ tip.

Adapted from Allrecipes Royal Icing II

Royal Icing

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted or whisked to remove any lumps
5 Tablespoons meringue powder
1/3 – 1/2 cup water

Using the whisk attachment, whisk the sugar and meringue powder together.  Add 1/3 cup water and beat until smooth.
Thin with additional water until you have the desired consistency for piping.

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PicMonkey Collage AWe ended up with hundreds of ‘carrots’ to choose from.

Carrot Cake

 

I told them that they could call this my birthday cake, even though it isn’t my birthday.

For me, it was the perfect gift!  The gift of time and love.

Making memories that will last a life time.

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This recipe comes from the early 70's but has been updated to use applesauce in place of some of the oil. Moist and delicious, it is without a doubt our favorite cake.
Servings Prep Time
12 20minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 20minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Carrot Cake
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This recipe comes from the early 70's but has been updated to use applesauce in place of some of the oil. Moist and delicious, it is without a doubt our favorite cake.
Servings Prep Time
12 20minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 20minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
For the Cake
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl beat together sugar, oil, eggs and applesauce.
  4. Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Do not over beat. Add carrots, pineapple and nuts. Fold to combine.
  5. Pour into 3 (9") round layer cake pans that have been greased and floured. Or one large 10 x 13" Pyrex pan.
  6. Bake at 350 35 - 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven, cool a few minutes in pans. Turn out on wire racks and cool thoroughly before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Cream together softened butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Add powdered sugar a little at a time and beat thoroughly until smooth and fluffy.
  2. If frosting is too thick to spread easily, add a little milk a few drops at a time.
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About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.

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Kids in the Kitchen – Carrot Cake — 8 Comments

  1. Those “eaters” are adorable! We love carrot cake, and yours looks very delicious! Yum! I have not tried making carrots with royal frosting, so that will be a next thing for me to try! Beautiful blog! Thanks, Baking Nana!

    • Hi Marianne. The kids had a ball making their “carrots”. They thought the best part was eating their mistakes!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. YOU are right! That Carrot Cake looks down right dangerous! I love that it has applesauce in it too. Your Grandkids are so darling and I’m sure they had a grand time at Nana’s . Their decorating talents are beautiful!

    • Thank you Candice – those ‘eaters’ are gems! We had so much fun. Piping bags filled with frosting…. who could ask for more? 4 kids with 4 different piping tips and we had hundreds of ‘carrots’ to choose from. What we didn’t use on the cake they ate and then I sent them home! I love being Nana!

  3. I just printed the recipe too and I Pinned it! So you are now on Pinterest, if not already. I ADORE Carrot Cake. My favorite! Recipe looks great! The pixs of the grandkids are too cute! What is Hummingbird Cake?

  4. Hey Penny! What a great looking cake – and what a fun way to spend time with the grands! I’ve made a copy of this recipe and will be making it soon. Do you by any chance have a recipe for Hummingbird Cake? If you do, would you mind sharing? Thanks Penny!

    • I do not have a recipe for Hummingbird Cake – I will check it out though and see what I can find.
      The kids had a blast making ‘carrots’. What is not to love about piping bags full of frosting? Besides they get to eat the ‘mistakes’.